Bury Football Club are saddened to announce that Ex Middlesbrough and Burnley player Alan Moore has expressed a desire to leave his role as Academy Manager at the club, to spend more time with his family and will officially leave the club on New Year's Eve.
Ian Kendall, Director with responsibility for the Bury FC youth and academy expressed his surprise and disappointment at Alan's decision stating, "Alan has been totally committed to achieving the Elite player performance plan (EPPP) for the club and whilst we won't know the outcome for several months the ultimate credit for the progress that the youth and academy teams have made, sits firmly on his shoulders.
After shakey start with the youth team results at the start of the season, the scholars have, under the guidance of the academy staff, come to impress the board and senior coaches at the club with a string of good performances in an 8 game unbeaten run.
The recent reversal at Rotherham was well against the run of play whilst the subsequent loss against top of the table Blackpool was somewhat easier to accept but still frustrating to all.
Despite these results the youth team have performed with immense credit under the guidance of Alan and Vince Overson, with next Season looking promising with many of our players still having another year remaining as part of the under 18's squad.'
Ian continued 'Alan has been open and honest giving the new Directors and Ronnie his full support during a time of immense pressure. Very few people outside of football will understand the demands of undergoing an EPPP 4 day inspection quickly followed by a change in administration.
Alan has personally given me a great deal of support over the last 4 months and I know his staff and players are disappointed by his decision to step away. However as much as we will miss his humour and balanced approach to developing our young players, his place in the development of the academy cannot be underestimated.'
The chair, the directors and everybody at Bury Football Club hope that 2014 will bring him the rewards he seeks elsewhere.